GM follows Ford, will use Tesla Superchargers in 2024
Four is the magic number when it comes to a new tie-up between General Motors and Tesla. The morning after GM announced that its vehicles will gain access to Tesla’s network of Superchargers in 2024, Reuters reports that GM’s and Tesla’s stocks were both up about four points. Stock for independent charge-station manufacturers ChargePoint and EVGo were both down about four points in late trading on Thursday.
GM’s Tesla partnership mirrors Ford’s, announced last month. The Michigan-based automaker said that, beginning in the spring of 2024, its vehicles will be able to use Tesla’s Superchargers, which make up about 60 percent of the fast (250–300 kW) chargers in the United States. Tesla’s charger network is known for being well-maintained, extensive, and concentrated in high-traffic areas.
GM’s announcement was made on Thursday on Twitter, of which Tesla founder Elon Musk is the owner. GM said it will equip its electric vehicles with adapters next year, and build EVs with connectors based on the Tesla North American Charging Standard design starting in 2025.
We're teaming up with @tesla to enhance your electric vehicle experience. More charging stations, less range anxiety, more sustainable journeys. It's about your convenience, not our competition. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/D4joovLjPh— General Motors (@GM) June 8, 2023
The Ford announcement, made last month on Twitter with Ford CEO Jim Farley, is similar. Initially, Ford and GM customers will have access to about 12,000 Tesla chargers in 2024, and more in 2025.
“We love the locations, we love the reliability, your routing software, the ease of use of the connector, the reliability of it,” Farley said.
“The most important thing is we advance the electric vehicle revolution,” Musk said Thursday.
“In order to drive EV adoption, we need to have a robust charging infrastructure. And so I’m really excited to announce our collaboration with you and with Tesla,” GM CEO Mary Barra said Thursday in a Twitter Spaces conversation with the Tesla CEO. The move “nearly doubles” the number of chargers GM customers can use initially, Barra said.